• Released
  • December 25, 2012
  • PG , 1 hr 44 min
  • Comedy
  • 3,740 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A grandfather finds himself having to take care of his three grandkids using 21st century methods.

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Critic Ratings

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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Parental Guidance is an engaging comedy that bridges multiple generation gaps, making it that rare movie that grandparents, their kids, and...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Crystal and Midler are such confident pros that their crack timing elevates even substandard material.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Parental Guidance is one of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the "Meet the Fockers" line, where children can enjoy seeing...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Perhaps anticipating an older audience, most of the lessons are one-sided, with the old-timers seemingly harming the children while...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Parental Guidance is overly generous with regard to the silliness. However, it's not clueless. Crystal seems determined to give as...
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The pathos: considerable. The sight gags, involving Crystal puking chili dog on a kid's face, or the grandson with an imaginary friend...
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In the occasionally funny but mostly facile '80s-style culture-clash comedy Parental Guidance, Billy Crystal, who now resembles a very cute...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Billy Crystal and Bette Midler hustle to peddle the threadbare material that makes Andy Fickman's comedy a perfectly tolerable, if...
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38

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
The movie spends too much time wedging the couple into a May-December moment, where Crystal cracks nostalgic about the good old days. It's...
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25

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Parental Guidance kicks off with a mean-spirited joke about an overweight woman and heads downhill from there.
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By creepergrl
hilarious Movie that you must see ASAP. worth the movie tickets and buttery popcorn!...

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Rated PG | For Some rude humor
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Predictable family comedy isn't deserving of its stars.
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